(February 2, 2011) Washington – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) are proud to announce the five recipients of a scholarship to attend the 16th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Building Bridges to a More Sustainable Future . These students will receive a complimentary registration to the conference, providing them the opportunity to meet and connect with ethanol industry leaders, top policymakers and preeminent experts in the field of renewable fuels.

The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is recognized as the premiere gathering arena for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. This year will focus on the future of an industry that can and will be the bridge from a national petroleum-fueled economy to one that is anchored in renewable fuels, sustainably produced from all biomass including grains and cellulose.

The scholarship recipients are all students in higher education seeking to pursue a career in the renewable energy and biofuels field. “Attending the NEC is a stepping stone for these students in their path of pursuing a career in biofuels and renewable energy,” said Mike Jerke, RFF Chairman and General Manager of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. “This is the perfect occasion to network with U.S. ethanol experts and explore the opportunities this industry has to offer.”

The five recipients of the NEC Scholarship are:

Ethan Kenney, a junior undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is pursuing a career in mechanical engineering. Ethan found an interest in ethanol after successfully converting a 1963 Ford pickup to run on E85.

Derek Latil holds a Bachelor´s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Vic in Spain and a Master´s degree in Bioenergy at the Professional Science Masters in Bioenergy. Derek is currently working part time for IllinoisVentures in the Cleantech and Life Sciences venture capital sectors while looking for a job in the bioenergy industry.

Anuradha Mukherjee is pursuing her PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. She is working on the design and implementation of an on-farm ethanol separation unit. Her research includes but is not restricted to dehydration technology, detailed process design, safety and economics, sweet sorghum feed evaluation using GC/MS, and feed fouling studies.

Kai Nortey is a graduate student of Integrated Marketing Communications and PR at Golden Gate University, in San Francisco. Graduating in April 2011, she will earn her Masters of Science where she has focused much of her studies on marketing and branding opportunities for E85.

Julia O’Rourke is a 2nd year MS/PhD student in mechanical engineering and MPaff student in public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Julia is currently working on a year-long policy research project focusing on ethanol-related policies and the future of the industry.

The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) is dedicated to meeting the education, research and strategic planning needs of the U.S. fuel ethanol industry. The goal is to assure a growing and healthy renewable fuels industry well into the future. The focus of the RFF is toward academia, industry and public policy makers as we address issues related to new uses, new feedstocks and new technologies that will impact the future of ethanol.

Learn more about each of the recipients on The E-Xchange Blog.